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That Option No Longer Exists: Britain 1974-76
It is time to look afresh at the 1970s. It was not a grey decade of decline, defeat and power blackouts. Bursting with cultural experimentation, sexual liberation and industrial militancy, the 1970s saw the ruling elites of Britain challenged at every level, most especially by a Labour left led by Tony Benn which aimed to effect a "fundamental and irreversible shift in the ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published August 29th 2014 by Zero Books
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Thorough account of a brief period when the UK nearly got some socialism (albeit not that extraordinary by northern European standards). Probably more detailed than I needed - not really a criticism, but if you're like me and not after micro-history the excellent Andy Beckett book of the 70s will do you.
timely and useful, very good at picking apart the right-wing arguments about the 70s. Not so good at analysing the different strands of left-wing thought though. Also, a bit too dismissive of some strands of soft left thought, especially Crossland. Finally, although he is discussing the 70s, has nothing whatsoever to say about prog, but quite a lot to say about glam, punk or disco